The cost of shipping Chinese cars rose from $1,000 to $7,000. Where Changan vehicles destined for Russia are stuck

Changan Russian sales director Alexander Kulagin said that Changan Uni-K and other company cars can’t get to Russia because of a logistical crisis.

Changan Uni-K was supposed to be released in Russia back at the end of last year, then the start of sales was postponed to the beginning of this year. If the military operation had not begun, the cars would have appeared in Russia in March.

Most of our cars were stuck in Europe. Because the logistics were structured in such a way that from China the cars came into a port in Germany. There they were reloaded onto small feeder ships, because our ports do not accept large ships with big drafts. And then they were sent in small batches to the territory of the Russian Federation. Be it Novorossiysk, be it St. Petersburg.

Alexander Kulagin

He also explained that at one time Changan used mostly rail transport, but now the cost of delivery has soared several times.

When the pandemic happened, the patterns changed, too. We used to import all our cars by rail, because the tariffs were very adequate. To understand: the cost of delivery of one car at one time was $1200-1300. Nowadays it is 5, 6, 7 thousand dollars. There is no “limit to perfection” here and the greed of logisticians, as the situation has changed very much in terms of the shortage of containers. That is why we switched over to sea delivery,” said Alexander Kulagin.

Alexander Kulagin

Now the company is considering various schemes for transporting cars from Germany, in particular, through the Estonian port of Paldiski, but no decision has been made yet.

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